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Lives being put at risk in East Cork – McLellan

10 May, 2013

Sinn Fein TD for Cork East Sandra McLellan today expressed her shock at the death of a two year old child who fell from a balcony in Midleton on Monday and was taken to Cork University Hospital in a neighbour’s car as there was no ambulance available.

Deputy McLellan said:

“To lose a child in any circumstance is traumatic but to find that your child is seriously injured and that no ambulance is available compounds what is already a terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to the Martinaltis family and to the relatives and friends of little Vakaris.

“One wonders how many tragedies have to happen before Minister Reilly concedes that his drive to restructure the ambulance service is not working and that children are being put at risk as a result of bad policy decisions that are rooted in a desire to save money?

“The greater Midleton, Youghal, and Cobh areas have populations in excess of ten thousand people. It is simply not acceptable that densely populated urban centres have to rely on a haphazard ambulance service in the event of an accident or serious illness.

“I would remind the Minister that less than six weeks ago when another child, James Casey Butler died, serious concerns were also raised regarding the inadequacy of ambulance cover in Midleton.

“It is clear from these two incidents that there are fundamental problems when it comes to response time, rostering, and gaps in the overall service.

“The Minister must act as a matter of urgency to rectify these issues and he should be cognisant of the fact that he is politically responsible for ensuring that people in towns and cities across Ireland have a dependable and reliable ambulance service.”


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